Board Certified
Plastic Surgeon
Since 1989

Trends and Motivations for Plastic Surgery for 20/30 Year Olds

Trends and motivations for plastic surgery vary from person to person, but younger people often have similar interests in specific procedures. Celebrities also have an impact on ones motivation to improve a particular aspect of the body. Dr. Widder explains some of the motivations he hears in his consultations that profoundly impact his patients decisions.

trends and motivations in plastic surgery

Q: Which plastic surgery procedures are the most popular for people in their 20’s and 30’s?

Breast implants and butt implants are very popular for patients in their 20’s and 30’s.

Q: What do you hear from your patients about why they choose buttock enhancement surgery and breast implants?

The reasons vary.  Everybody brings their own histories and their own aspirations for what they want to look like. Some do it for a functional reason, such as they would simply like their clothing to fit better.  Others are interested in clothes as well, but from a different perspective.  They may just want to look good in the latest fashions.  What many younger patients want most is a sexier, more attractive appearance in order to feel better about themselvs and possibly garner more attention.  Some also want to emulate celebrities like Kim Kardashian and J Lo.

Not long ago I had a patient who came in for a consultation for buttock enhancement surgery.  “Is it gonna look like J Lo?” she asked me.  I showed her pictures of a before and after case that seemed along the lines of what she was seeking and I challenged her to decide for herself: “Does this look like J Lo?”  The photo I presented showed a very, very nice result.  In my opinion, the shape of the buttocks was reminiscent of Jennifer Lopez’ figure.  I gave the patient time to compare shapes and sizes until we found the right celebrity look for her.

Q: Even though prospective patients mention various reasons, do you think enhancing sexual attractiveness is really the main goal?

Well, it is true that patients are concerned with the butt and the breasts because they are sexual targets. When you are young that is very important.  It’s also important for older people, but it is often not as intense an issue in later years because hormones levels tend to be a bit lower.  Cosmetic surgery can improve upon parts of the body and it can help make a person look and feel much more attractive.   I appreciate being able to do that for a person.  The enhancements are very exciting for younger individuals.  It can absolutely bring about advantages in one’s personal life, especially in the sexual realm.  Enhancing attractiveness can also cultivate advantages in other areas, such as in the workplace.

Whatever the reason, the forces that encourage people to have cosmetic surgery are incredibly powerful.  I respect the fact that patients choose to go through the discomfort and the inconvenience in order to improve on those areas they feel are deficient or less than optimal.  It is a big decision.  I take the decision-making period very seriously; I do my best to listen, provide guidance, and respect each patient’s needs and wishes.  As long as I feel that I can deliver what the patient is looking for, we move ahead with the procedure.

Q: What signs do you see or hear from your breast and butt implant patients that indicate how they feel before and after their procedures?

Afterward, you can see a new sparkle in their eyes.  They walk differently.  They have confidence.  When they come in for a consultation before surgery they have often heard good things about me, but I can see that they feel a bit unsure and they have concerns.  It looks to me as if they are thinking, “Am I going to have this surgery or not?  Will I be happy?”

Once they have it done, they are extremely happy.  You can see it in their eyes.  In my experience, eyes are the #1 indicator.  Try taking a look at pictures of before and after surgery and notice the eyes.  You’ll see that before surgery, many of them look dull and depressed.  Afterward, you can see a new energy projected from the eyes.  They’re brighter. It’s like there is a new confidence and a readiness to take on the world.

Feel free to contact our office to discuss your own motivations for considering plastic surgery or visit the office to take a look at our extensive portfolio of before and after pictures. 703-506-0300

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